The 26 man Irish squad includes five Munster Schoolsâ00 players, coming from Rockwell College, PBC and Crescent Comprehensive.
The side recorded their first win in the opening game against Wales, winning 22-15. Rockwellâ00s Shane Buckley, PBCâ00s David Oâ00Mahony and Niall Scannell, and Crescentâ00s Gareth Quinn McDonagh all played their part in the match-day 22, and Quinn McDonagh found himself on the scoresheet with a well taken dropgoal in the opening half.
They made it two wins out of two after defeating the home nation Italy 29-3 on Wednesday evening. Munster players involved in the starting XV included Crescentâ00s Ben Sargent, PBCâ00s Niall Scannell capt. and David Oâ00Mahony, and Rockwellâ00s Shane Buckley.
The Irish will go on to play an impressive England side on Saturday afternoon in Colorno, which will no doubt be their toughest encounter after England defeated Scotland 75 â00 0 earlier in the week. The five Munster Schoolsâ00 Players have been named in the match 22, with Crescentâ00s Gareth Quinn McDonagh back in the number 10 shirt and PBCâ00s David Oâ00Mahony named in the starting XV.
Manager: Lorcan Balfe
Coach: Paul Barr (PBC)
Ass. Coach Kenny Hooks
Ireland U18 Schools Squad:
Andrew Conway (Blackrock College/Leinster); Tiarnan O'Halloran (Cistercian College Roscrea/Leinster), Brendan Macken (Blackrock College/Leinster), Alex Kelly (St. Michael's College/Leinster), Chris Colvin (Royal School Armagh/Ulster); Gareth Quinn McDonagh (Crescent CC/Munster), Peter du Toit (King's Hospital/Leinster); James Tracy (Newbridge College/Leinster), Niall Annett (Methodist College/Ulster) (capt), Martin Moore (Castleknock College/Leinster), David O'Mahony (Presentation College/Munster), Aaron Spring (Sligo Grammar School/Connacht), Stephen Leckey (Methodist College/Ulster), David Doyle (Gonzaga College/Leinster), Jordi Murphy (Blackrock College/Leinster), Shane Buckley (Rockwell College/Munster), Paddy Marks (RBAI/Ulster), Niall Scannell (Presentation College/Munster), Conor Carey (Methodist College/Ulster), Sam Coughlan Murray (Newbridge College/Leinster), Harry Doyle (Royal School Armagh/Ulster), Rory Harrison (Methodist College/Ulster), Colin Mallon (St. Michaelâ00s College/Leinster), Luke Marshall (Ballymena Academy/Ulster), James McKinney (Campbell College/Ulster), Ben Sargent (Crescent CC/Munster).
The Irish U18 Clubs side was in competition in the FIRA/AER U18 European Championships on the Cote Dâ00Azure in the south of France last week. The Irish side was seeded second in light of last yearâ00s final placing and thirty two European Nations competed, divided into four divisions.
Ireland played Russia, England and Romania and finished third overall in the tournament.
Munsterâ00s sole representation was prop Jake Considine from Young Munster who was named in the match 22 for all three games and started against Romania.
The Irish Management team included a few Munster names with Munster Rugby Elite Development Officer Ken Oâ00Connell providing Technical Support, Len Browne as team Video Analyst and Tom Nyhan on board as Team Assistant.